Times Names Alex MacCallum to Head Video Unit

November 23, 2015

The New York Times mentioned on Monday that Alex MacCallum, an assistant managing editor presently overseeing audience development, would take manage of its video department.

Ms. MacCallum, 35, will assume the position when she returns from maternity leave in January, the company said. Her new title will be assistant editor, and senior vice president, video. She will continue to supervise the audience improvement group, the organization said.

The appointment signals the end of an uncertain period for the video division, which has been with out a complete-time leader given that the paper announced a broad revamping of the unit in July. That was followed by an announcement of buyouts with the prospects of layoffs there earlier this month.

In a note to employees on Monday, The Times’s executive editor, Dean Baquet, and the company’s chief executive, Mark Thompson, described video as a “key editorial and commercial priority” and described Ms. MacCallum as “a sturdy leader who has a deep appreciation for the mission of The Times and embodies the spirit of collaboration that we are working to extend all through the company.”

Mr. Baquet and Mr. Thompson mentioned they anticipated Ms. MacCallum “to step in and continue to shape a new vision for each our video journalism and our video business on all platforms.”

They said that Justin Bank would take over the day-to-day responsibility for audience development and report to Ms. MacCallum, who would give strategic oversight of the unit.

She will report to both the enterprise side and the newsroom, they mentioned.

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